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  • Day17

    The little engine that does!

    September 12, 2019 in Switzerland ⋅ ☀️ 9 °C

    Why would anyone build a steam rack railway to the top of a mountain where nobody lives? And, keep it operating for 125 years? The Swiss, of course, whose motto must be “build it - they will come”. and, sure enough, we come. The Brienz Rothorn Bahn has been in service since 1892 and still makes the 1785m elevation gain in an hour with 350 kilos of coal and 2000 litres of water. We were passengers on the first train of the day starting at 8:36am on a day of clear, blue skies and 15°C weather - perfect. The little steam engine pushed about 100 passengers up one of the most beautiful routes imaginable. Around every switchback corner, a new perfect view of mountains and high cow pastures and streams and . . . Incredible. At the summit, we paused for a coffee and pastry while soaking in the view and planning next steps. From the top, there is a chairlift that runs up and down from Eisee Lake. We hiked down to the lake - about 6km and 400 m drop in elevation. By then it was lunch time and - wouldn’t you know it - there was a cute restaurant waiting for us. We took the chairlift back to the top and then a gondola down the backside of the Rothorn. The only problem with that routing was that we were now on the other side of the range of mountains with no direct route back to Interlaken. Getting “home” involved a bus and two trains which routed us through Bern and took about three hours. Never mind - the whole day was worth it!Read more

    Charlyne Murphy

    That little train engine looks more like something you might See

    9/12/19Reply
    Charlyne Murphy

    Let me continue my thought, it looks like something you might ride at Disneyland, so cute. I can’t believe the terrane you guys are hiking on, it’s got “ankle twister” written all over it. What views!

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  • Day31

    Museggnauer, Lucerne

    December 22, 2019 in Switzerland ⋅ 🌧 8 °C

    After a very relaxing lie in while we waited for the rain to ease, Brad and I decided to venture out for a walk towards the towers of Lucerne. Braving the light showers we made the steep walk to Museggnauer, the iconic old city wall featuring nine towers. During the warmer months some of the towers are open to the public and offer views from the top, however today we had to be content with just wandering along the wall, looking up at the towers.

    The Musegg wall with its nine towers is part of the ramparts built in the 14th century to protect the town of Lucerne - as is the Chapel Bridge. The wall is astoundingly well preserved and begins with the Nölli tower in the west above the Geissmatt bridge, and ends at Museggstrasse 7, at the eastern end of the old town. The accessible towers from west to east are: the Männli tower, adorned with a figure of a soldier (the little man or 'Männli'), the Wacht tower, the Zyt tower with its clock dating from 1535 and the Schirmer tower.

    It was interesting to see but disappointing that we couldn’t climb the towers to get a higher view of Lucerne. I think the oddest thing is the weird statue situated in the seating area just in front of the wall. Very random.
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  • Day4

    Chapel Bridge Lucerne, LU

    February 9, 2020 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 5 °C

    Chapel Bridge and Water Tower

    Lucerne lies on the river Reuss, at the end of Lake Lucerne, framed by impressive mountains. The city has been a stronghold of tourism since 1840, thanks to the well-preserved Old Town with its Chapel Bridge and Water Tower.

    Lucerne is divided by the river Reuss into an Old Town and a New Town. The two districts are connected by what is among other things the world's oldest covered wooden bridge, the Chapel Bridge, which dates back to the year 1332. The bridge was rebuilt true to the original after the fire of 1993 and leads to the actual landmark of Lucerne, the octagonal Water Tower. Like the over 500-year-old Musegg Wall with its turrets, the bridge and water tower were part of the city fortifications.

    At the outflow of the river Reuss, a historic needle dam, built in 1860, regulates the water level of the lake. The nearby Old Town boasts a town hall which dates back to the Late Renaissance as well as a Jesuit church, Switzerland's oldest Baroque church.
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  • Day87

    Mit der Gondel zum Pilatus

    March 29 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    10 Stunden Schlaf und ein Frühstück später überlegen wir uns, was wir mit dem schönen Frühlingstag anfangen. Im Vorfeld hatten wir uns mehr mit der Zeit danach beschäftigt, denn mit der Planung vor Ort.

    Kurzentschlossen fahren wir nach Kriens zur Seilbahnstation, um mit der Gondel zum ersten Must see am Vierwaldstätter See zu gondeln: hoch auf den Pilatus. Die Pilatusbahn, die steilste Zahnradbahn der Welt, fährt zu dieser Jahreszeit noch nicht. Also nehmen wir die Gondelbahn, die wir für uns alleine haben, von Kriens–Krienseregg–Fräkmüntegg und danach die Luftseilbahn Fräkmüntegg–Pilatus. Manchmal ist es ganz gut, wenn der Hase nicht so genau weiß, was da so passieren wird.

    Schon die Fahrt ist ein Genuss.
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    Reisefan

    Traumhaft 👍 War im September oben, mit der Zahnradbahn hoch und am nächsten Tag mit der Gondel runter.

    3/29/21Reply
    Hase und Ritter on tour

    Das war bestimmt auch ein Erlebnis 👍

    3/29/21Reply
    Reisefan

    siehe meine Schweizreise

    3/29/21Reply
    Hase und Ritter on tour

    Da sehen wir nur die Karte 😉

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  • Day90

    Altstadt von Luzern

    April 1 in Switzerland ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    Vorbei an wunderschön hergerichteten bemalten Häusern und kleinen und vor allem offenen Geschäften (das ist man ja gar nicht mehr gewohnt) bummeln wir durch die Gassen. Insgesamt ist wenig los in Luzern, eigentlich ein Hotspot asiatischer Reisegruppen, die wenigen Touristen fallen gar nicht auf.

    Gegen Mittag machen wir uns auf den Weg zurück nach Hergiswil. Noch schnell ein paar Einkäufe erledigt, dann sind wir gerüstet für den Heimweg.
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    Reisefan

    ich habe teilweise die gleichen Fassaden fotografiert 👍

    4/1/21Reply
    Hase und Ritter on tour

    Die sind aber auch alle schön... 😉

    4/1/21Reply
    Bastrock B.

    Sieht schon schön aus Luzern ...

    4/1/21Reply
    Hase und Ritter on tour

    Hat auch eine Stadtmauer, bis dahin haben wir es aber nicht mehr geschafft...

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  • Day89

    Vitznau

    March 31 in Switzerland ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    In Vitznau müssen wir eine Weile auf das nächste Boot warten, aber irgendwann sind wir dann doch auf dem Weg zurück nach Luzern. Von unten werfen wir noch einen letzten Blick auf Rigi-Kulm (mit der Antenne) und so endet ein weiterer schöner Frühlingstag am Vierwaldstätter See.Read more

    Lissbett

    Bei den tollen Bildern und den Beschreibungen mach ich nach dem Lesen/Ansehen die Augen zu und geselle mich zu euch. Merkt ihr nicht auch, dass es manchmal etwas enger wird?... Geniesst euren Urlaub - wir planen noch. Nur mit dem Termin hapert es etwas. LG

    4/1/21Reply
    Hase und Ritter on tour

    Auch in der Schweiz gelten Abstandsregeln und Maskenpflicht, gelle :-). Vor unserem Hotel hielt gerade ein Wohnmobil aus Eurer Ecke an, kommt schon der Voraustrupp?

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  • Day88

    Unterwegs mit dem Schiff

    March 30 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    Die Schiffe auf dem Vierwaldstätter See gelten als öffentliches Verkehrsmittel, halten in jedem Käffchen, verbinden auf die Art aber natürlich auch die Orte miteinander. Oder man macht es so wie wir und lässt sich einmal von Luzern aus bis fast ans andere Ende und zurück schippern und genießt die Landschaft und das herrliche Wetter.Read more

    Tina Herking

    Oh mein Gott, was für ein schöner Footprint. Ich beneide euch um dieses Urlaubsfeeling. Genießt es.

    3/30/21Reply
    Hase und Ritter on tour

    Dankeschön 😊

    3/31/21Reply
     
  • Day33

    Ghostriders on the Summit of Mt Titlis

    October 20, 2018 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    It is always fascinating to observe the quick changes of season in Europe at this time of the year. When we arrived in Madrid five weeks ago, summer was still definitely in charge. The days were hot and sultry, the women all wore their bright summer clothing and the deciduous trees were still covered in (mostly) green leaves.

    This afternoon, as I wondered about Lucerne, it was plainly evident that autumn has well and truly taken over. The days are now fine and cool, the women have all donned their dark winter clothes and the trees are almost bare. I really love this transition and would find it very difficult to live in a location where it is the same all year round.

    Last night as I was preparing to go to bed I noticed a guy in a suit, sitting in his office, almost directly opposite my hotel room. Although it was nearly 10 pm, he was obviously still hard at work, peering intently at his computer screen. I could not help but feel sorry for anyone who has to spend so much time in such a miserable way. The following morning he was back in his office at 7.30 am. What was even worse was that it was a Saturday. I am sure that life was never meant to be lived in that way. As for Allan and I, we had other plans.

    Our main objective in coming to Switzerland was to experience some of their most amazing mountain railways and reach some lofty mountain top summits along the way. Our first challenge was to reach the summit of Mt Titlis. At 3200 metres it is one of the highest peaks in the Swiss Alps, so it seemed like a good place for us to start.

    The first step was to take the train from Lucerne to Engelburg, from where we could catch a series of cable cars to to very summit of the mountain. Our main concern was the weather. It had been very murky since we arrived at Lucerne and we were both a little worried that we might not have been able to see anything when we reached the mountaintop.

    The train ride to Engelburg would have been very comfortable if I had not been seated with the most garrulous family group you could possibly imagine. There were three of them and they never stopped talking, even for a single minute of the journey. Even worse was the fact that they were mostly all talking simultaneously, never even stopping to take a breath. I thought that I must have stumbled upon the Swiss Olympic Talking Team on their way to a training camp.

    We were both glad to get off the train, however, when we walked from the Engelberg Station to the cable car station, it became evident that we would be accompanied by hundreds of bus tourists who had also descended en masse. It also quickly became apparent that nearly all of them were from India, and we also deduced that nearly all of them must had had a serious hearing defect as every one of them was shouting uncontrollably. It was a sight to see and a cacophony to hear.

    The good thing was that the cable car rapidly lifted us well above the cloud cover and up into brilliant sunshine. The whole construction was a marvel of Swiss engineering and the views were breathtaking. As we were steadily lifted above the snow line, the thin air became breathtaking too. Gaining 2500 metres in a few minutes certainly can leave you gasping for oxygen. It reminded me a little of how we felt when we first stepped out of the plane in Cusco, Peru.

    When we left the final gondola at the summit, the temperature gauge told us that it was 0 degrees. It felt every bit of it. On went my hat and gloves and out we went into the snow. Since it had been packed flat by hundreds of stomping Indians (most who had never seen snow before and were shouting even louder and faster than before), the surface was treacherous. It did not take long for me to slip straight over onto my backside, and Allan followed suite soon after. It was more fun than the Keystone Cops.

    After we had recovered our composure and found our footing, we had a chance to look about us and savour the views. It truly was an incredible sight. All around were dozens of snow covered peaks, stretching into the distance. Some more serious climbers were making their way up the glacier to the very top of the mountain, while hang gliders were soaring overhead. Much closer to us, dozens of fellow tourists were busy trying to secure that elusive catch - the perfect selfie. I should not have been surprised.

    Way down in the valley we could see that the low lying cloud was still there, making a beautiful white ocean. Rather than detract from the view, it actually made it much better. We busied ourselves taking photos, knowing full well that pictures can never capture the full impact of such a sight. You just have to be there, to know what it is all about.

    Part of the complex at the summit allows you to actually walk through the middle of the glacier, via an ice cave. It was an amazing experience, even if it was cold and slippery, and even if I managed to bang my head on the low ice ceiling.

    Finally it was time to have some lunch in the mountain top restaurant. It was an incredible view and the prices were also pretty incredible as well. I have never before paid almost $40 AUD for some chicken nuggets, baked potato and a cup of coffee. I guess you pay dearly for the ambience of the place.

    We were soon sliding back down the mountain in a much quieter cable car. Most of the masses had been summoned back to their buses and were already on their way to some other distant location. Although we had a little trouble remembering where we had left the railway station, we managed to step straight onto an almost empty waiting train. It did not take me long to fall asleep in our first class carriage. We were the only passengers in the carriage and I seem to have have perfected the important art of falling asleep in seconds.

    It had been a wonderful day.
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  • Day90

    Luzern - Jesuitenkirche

    April 1 in Switzerland ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    Heute ist unser „wir-lassen-uns-treiben“-Tag, heißt der Ritter hat keinen Plan 😊. Nach einigen Überlegungen - Technikmuseum? Ziemlich teuer! - Cabrio-Seilbahn? Kein öffentliches Verkehrsmittel, also geschlossen! - entscheiden wir uns, nochmal mit dem Zug nach Luzern reinzufahren und uns zumindest einmal durch die Altstadt treiben zu lassen.

    Wir starten mit einem kurzen Abstecher in die Jesuitenkirche St. Franz Xaver, die als erste grosse Barockkirche der Schweiz von 1666 bis 1677 erbaut wurde.

    Dann nehmen wir die nächste Brücke über die Reuss, einen Abfluss des Sees, und flanieren kreuz und quer durch die Altstadt...
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  • Day89

    Kapellbrücke

    March 31 in Switzerland ⋅ ☀️ 12 °C

    Weils gestern so schön war (und weil wir den Tell-Pass für 2 Tage gekauft haben), machen wir das heute nochmal genauso wie gestern: Wecker um 7 Uhr (braucht’s gar nicht, die Hergiswiler Dorfkirche läutet laut und ausdauernd um 7!), Frühstück halb 8 (gemütlich), am Bahnhof von Hergiswil um kurz nach 9 Uhr. Weil wir noch eine Bahn früher als gestern nehmen, sind wir auch früher in Luzern, so dass wir bis zur Schiffsabfahrt noch Zeit für die Kapellbrücke haben.

    Die Kapellbrücke ist eine mittelalterliche gedeckte Holzbrücke über die Reuss und gilt als ein Wahrzeichen Luzerns. In ihrer Mitte steht der Wasserturm, der um 1300 herum errichtet wurde. Die Kapellbrücke selbst stammt vermutlich aus dem Jahr 1332. Sie diente nicht nur als Fußgängerbrücke, sondern über Jahrhunderte hinweg auch als Wehrgang. 1993 fiel die Brücke einem Brand zum Opfer, wurde aber restauriert.

    Wir schlendern über die eine Brücke hin und über die Kapellbrücke zurück, und sind pünktlich um 10 auf demselben Schiff wie gestern.
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Kanton Luzern, Luzern, Lucerne, Lucerna, 루체른 주